Masdar, EDF, Green of Africa win Morocco's Noor Midelt solar plant

Masen awards tender to design, fund, construct, operate, and maintain 800 MW CSP+PV solar plant in Morocco

Masdar will build Morocco's solar plant [representational image].
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Masdar will build Morocco's solar plant [representational image].

French renewable energy group EDF Renewables, Abu Dhabi’s Masdar, and Green of Africa are in a consortium that has been awarded the tender for the design, financing, construction, operation, and maintenance of Morocco’s Noor Midelt Phase 1 multi-technologies solar power plant, the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) announced on 23 May.

The project, a combination of concentrated solar power (CSP) and photovoltaic (PV) tech, will have a total installed capacity of 800 MW.

Phase 1, located 20km north of Midelt in central Morocco, is expected to see construction commencement by the end of  2019, with delivery of the first electricity to the grid expected from 2022.

Upon completion, it will provide dispatchable energy during the day and until five hours after sunset for a tariff of $0.070 per kilowatt hour at peak hours.

Noor Midelt Phase 1 is the third collaboration between EDF Renewables and Masdar, which are also partners in the recently announced 400 MW Saudi Arabian Dumat Al Jandal wind farm project.

“Masdar is honored to leverage its global expertise and experience in CSP and PV tech as part of the consortium,” said Masdar's chief executive officer, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi.

“Our company remains committed to Morocco’s long-term energy goals, and we expect this project to further raise the profile of renewables as a provider of reliable and cost-effect clean power in the Mena region.”

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